Born in 1962, Andrew Henderson was brought up in Dundee and Kirriemuir, Scotland. He is known as Jan for reasons that will probably never become clear.
He studied journalism at Napier University before gaining an M.A. in English and Philosophy from Edinburgh University in 1987. Then he got a job as a dishwasher. On holiday in the USA, he threw away his return ticket and spent the next seven years in the states. A dazzling series of career moves followed – including financial consultant, pen engraver, factory worker, hospital domestic, graphic artist, cocktail barman, rubber stamp designer, script reader, call centre worker, pepper salesman, muralist, Easter bunny, balloon decorator, actor/writer/director at a children’s theatre in New York State, French waiter (complete with fake accent) in New York City and van driver in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains (despite never having sat behind a wheel before). He eventually ended up in a pornography store in Texas (working, not starring). During this time he wrote and performed several plays, which met with decreasing financial and critical success.
Returning to Edinburgh in 1999, he founded (and still runs) a ghost tour company called City of the Dead – which requires him to wear black continuously. City of the Dead explores Edinburgh’s legendary Underground City and investigates the infamous MacKenzie Poltergeist in a locked section of Greyfriars Graveyard – the best documented paranormal case of all time. He also began writing books which, fortunately, did much better than his plays. He is now on number 23 and has been published in the UK, USA, Canada, Germany and the Czech Republic (yes, really). His last three YA thrillers were shortlisted for a total of twelve awards and he is the winner of the Royal Mail Award and the Doncaster Book Prize.
He now lives in Brisbane, Australia with his partner, Siobhan, and his children – Charlie, Harper and Scarlet.